Overcoming the E-Cat Stall — A Proposal (Guest Post)

The following post was submitted by E-Cat World reader Rick Allen.

For two decades, cold fusion (LENR) researchers have worked to make their anomalous heat effects powerful, repeatable, and robust. With Rossi and Focardi’s announcement of the E-Cat in January 2011, many cold fusion enthusiasts felt that their dream had come true. Andrea Rossi’s nickel-hydrogen technology was, and is, a marvel. Producing extremely high levels of output while producing almost no radiation or nuclear waste, it’s a source of power that supersedes any other alternative energy solution: wind, hydroelectric, or photovoltaic. Also, importantly, another company, Defkalion Green Technologies, has demonstrated a Ni-H reactor that also seems to produce high levels of output. When the almost staggering results of these two companies are combined with the countless other confirmations of excess heat being produced with nickel and hydrogen reactors, it proves beyond reasonable doubt that the phenomenon is legitimate.

But there’s a problem.

Although behind the scenes, in the private labs of various companies, progress is being made, very little information about this discovery is available in the public domain. Except for a couple of one megawatt reactors that Leonardo Corporation may have leased privately to partner companies, there is not a single Ni-H reactor on the market. Even worse, the vast majority of ordinary people – who are not reading Rossi’s blog, PESN, or E-Cat World – are almost oblivious that this phenomenon exists. They have no idea that a total solution to the world’s energy crisis is already here.

Very few people are taking Ni-H technology seriously because the major players – Leonardo Corporation and maybe, arguably Defkalion – are not providing a formula that would allow the “Rossi Effect” to be easily replicated. This is to be expected. Both Rossi and Defkalion have spent millions of dollars developing their technology, and they refuse to simply give away their intellectual property. What’s so frustrating is that the situation is probably not going to change any time soon. Both of these companies are involved in continuous development of their technology for commercial purposes. It may be years before they are ready to share the “secret sauce.” Until that happens, the population of this planet as a whole will remain ignorant of this incredible discovery. Even if a working plant is put on display and a customer reports satisfactory operation, the mainstream scientific community will probably dismiss it as a fraud and the highly controlled media will refuse to report on it. It will take hundreds of replications from around the world to break through the prevailing mantra that cold fusion is impossible and pseudoscience. Also, it’s likely any public showing of such a plant by a major company is years away.

Just imagine what would happen if a formula that could produce equivalent results to the E-Cat was distributed openly. I’m talking about a formula that would include a detailed parts list, a bill of materials, construction details, and operating guidelines. In a short time, full functioning “Rossi Effect” reactors would be operating all over the world. It probably would not take long before companies in countries with less bureaucratic regulation than the USA, like China, would be using the technology commercially – at least in a few heat producing applications. Before long, thousands of teams of scientists and engineers would be developing the technology. Most importantly, the world would recognize, without a doubt, the existence, reality, and importance of the technology.

There’s no technology being developed anywhere on the planet, as far as I am aware, that holds as much immediate potential to benefit the world as the E-Cat. And I’m only talking about the heat producing aspect of the technology. Even if cold fusion only had the ability to cheaply replace the use of coal and fossil fuels in conventional power plants, it would still be the equivalent of a cosmic “golden egg” for humanity. But the technology will evolve far beyond heat production. Andrea Rossi reports that it holds the potential to produce electricity directly. Can you imagine a Ni-H battery in your phone that lasts for years? A tiny reactor – without the need for a steam turbine – to power your home for months without refueling? An electric car that could have a range of fifty thousand miles or more?

All of these wonders are possible with the “Rossi Effect.”

The question is, do we want to jump start the use of this technology now, or wait for years until more information is disclosed from the major players? I personally think that for the sake of humanity, there must be an effort started to produce a working formula for Ni-H technology, immediately. If we delay, humanity will simply remain in the dark ages that much longer.

I firmly believe this can be done. Both Rossi and Defkalion have released significant bits of information about how their technologies work. For example, the size of Rossi’s nickel powders (micro instead of nano), the tubercules that exist on their surface, the special processing mentioned by Defkalion, the radio frequency stimulation utilized, and the importance of atomic hydrogen are all important clues. If a serious, focused, and determined effort was made to utilize these clues, I think a working reactor could be developed.

But it wouldn’t be easy. Rossi spent years performing hundreds or thousands of experiments to develop his formula. I expect that such an open source project would require many experiments as well. What I envision is a lab, either in one location or distributed, that would perform test after test in standardized mini-reactors. Dozens or hundreds of them would be loaded with different catalysts, stimulated with different frequencies, and filled with nickel processed in different ways. Eventually, after a period of high throughput screening, we would learn what works and what doesn’t. When all the things that “work” and aid the reaction are combined, we would end up with a system as robust – or maybe more so – than the E-Cat.

Such an effort would require many things: a full time staff of competent, skilled workers, a decent facility for the experiments to take place, a web presence where all the results are posted, and an abundance of funding. If all of these things could come together – and everyone could get along – we could potentially come up with our own formula that could change the world.

My idea may seem similar to what the Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project is set up to do. I think the MFMP is a well-meaning organization that should be commended for their efforts to replicate and promote LENR. My point is not to belittle their work in any way, but to point out that we need a larger, more active project that is specifically focused on discovering a formula that can replicate the Rossi Effect.

Of course this could not happen without money. The way I see it, if online fund raising efforts can collect millions of dollars for unimportant things like video games and marginally useful gadgets, there must be a way to raise enough money for this project. I’ll openly admit that I’m not sure how the money should be raised or exactly how much would be needed. But somehow, due to the urgency involved in developing this technology, it must be acquired.

One drawback of this project is that, if successful, it may have an impact on the plans of the “major players” I’ve already mentioned, in addition to the smaller players. However, in a world that runs on energy, I think there will be a place for every cold fusion (LENR) company that currently exists. With a trillion dollar energy market, all these for-profit companies can make their millions or billions. What the project I’ve proposed would do is allow the Ni-H industry to get jump started for the good of humanity.

In addition, an open source formula would make sure Ni-H technology is not held back by excessive, bureaucratic regulations in first world nations. Steam technology, when it first started being utilized, was dangerous. Boilers would sometimes blow up. However, the technology was commercialized and rapidly advanced. If today’s draconian level of safety and certification regulations existed back then, it could have taken steam technology another forty years to be broadly used. In such a scenario, much of the technology we use today could have been held back. Can you imagine if were still at the technological levels of the 1970s? I for one am glad for the progress we have achieved.

So how should such an effort be organized and setup? I hope that readers of E-Cat World are willing to work together on making this happen. I firmly believe there is enough interest, intellectual capacity, and financial resources in our community and beyond to start such a project. It will certainly require the leadership of committed and qualified people of like minds to be successful, and I believe there are people who want to participate in such an effort.

I’m tired of waiting. My desire is to see the “Rossi Effect” be recognized as real by the entire world, be broadly utilized, and end the age of fossil fuels. There needs to be an open source, civilian style Manhattan project to bring this technology to light. Let’s make it happen.

Rick Allen

  • Rockyspoon

    I have the strong conviction that the public’s acceptance and/or understanding of LENR isn’t needed for acceptance–most people haven’t a clue how the electricity they flip on with a switch is generated, and don’t care.

    So all the LENR industrialists have to do is generate electricity cheaper than most, and take over their market share.

    It won’t be difficult–saving money is a big incentive nowadays, just like it has for centuries.

    • Iggy Dalrymple

      You are correct. The only arena that matters is the marketplace.

  • GreenWin

    Thanks Bernie, Admin and Dottore for this excellent recreation of the Higgs cosmos. From my interpretation, we can thank the butterflies for introducing chaos that has manifested matter. According to novel ist Stephen King, at some point the monarch (butterfly) will be crowned. 🙂

    On topic, I think we are far from stalled, rather we are now moving in a different sphere. LENR has challenged not just classical physics, but the geopolitical control of Earth. In the following article we see how one major control mechanism – the electrical energy grid, has been forced to relinquish some of that control.

    Elforsk-Levi has substantiated enough science (despite skeps) to deeply affect the U.S. & Canadian energy market. Edison Inst started the roll with it’s warning of relentless DER market capture. German PV/wind has stunned fossils enough to force them to leave Germany.

    While few utils have the foresight, Toronto Hydro is making an attempt to kludge together a DER grid. They seem to think of it like a server/node “octopus” network. WAY over-engineered IMO. Distributed Energy Resources via microgrids do not need any central power resource (a security plus.) Redundancy and UPS services are inherent to DER microgrids.

    You can read about Toronto’s brave new grid here: http://www.automationworld.com/electric-utility-distributes-control-move-grid-21st-century

    THE most interesting info from Toronto is the use of CompactRIO controllers. Hmmm, controllers made by LENR friendly National Instruments.

  • Bernie Koppenhofer

    Very Interesting!

    August 25th, 2013 at 7:18 PM
    Dear Dr Rossi: are you able to explain to us not expert what is and how works
    the “Particle of God”? I made a bet with friends that you are able to make simple what is difficult.


    Andrea Rossi
    August 25th, 2013 at 8:02 PM
    He,he,he… nice bet. I have studied all I could of the Higgs Boson, and, as a matter of fact, it is very difficult to explain what it is and how it works without the rigorous language of mathematics; this said, I want to help you win your bet, even if I am sure my “vulgarization” will raise not few eyebrows.
    To explain what is the Higgs Boson and how it works we need a model easy to be understood.
    Let us start from an attempt of scientific definition, and then down to the model.
    The Higgs Boson is a scalar boson that breaking the symmetry makes the particles get mass ( or, better, “feel ” the mass).
    Now the model: imagine a biosphere, a closed glass sphere in which you have no gravity and nothing at all inside, but cats and butterflies ( no snakes, all gone to sell apples). In this situation of no-gravity and no hurdles inside the biosphere inside the glass sphere you can see from outside cats and butterflies move and fly without difficulty and with no much difference between their lines of movement: up, down, clockwise, counterclockwise , left, right, and so on: you can say that between them there is a sort of a symmetry, because they move symmetrically in the biosphere, due to the fact that they don’t meet any obstacle, nor pull from anywhere. Now imagine that after this calm ( and inconclusive) symmetrical situation, arrives the game- changer, which is the fact that inside the glass ball of the biosphere we put gravity and also put inside a big bunch of flowers. At this point, the symmetry is broken, because, while the butterflies continue to fly around, even if with less easiness, the cats fall down and move with difficulty among the flowers: in few words, they FEEL their mass.
    Now, consider that in the model the butterflies are the bosons, the cats are the fermions and the gravity combined with the flowers are the Higgs Boson.
    The Higgs Boson has spin zero ( is a scalar force): as a matter of fact it does not move, like the flowers, while the fermions and the bosons are vectorial forces because they have total orbital angular momentum ( orbital momentum + intrinsic spin), and also have an isospin, which in the lattice model is determined by their position along the z axis of the lattice. Without the Higgs Bosons, the particles would fly linearly without interact and the Universe would be very boring: a lot of waves at the speed of light going on straight for ever. The chaos created by the Higgs Boson has generated everything: atoms, molecules, everything. Probably for this reason it has been called the “Particle of God”. I hope the Higgs Boson also will make you win your bet.
    Warm Regards,